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News from within the borders of Russia and the fight for LGBT equality there. The country's president, Vladimir Putin, ignited an international firestorm in the summer after signing the so-called gay propaganda law, which prohibits positive depictions of LGBT people in the Russian media. Russia is a country in southern Eurasia. It is also the world's largest country, although it ranks eighth most populous. Russia has a rich cultural heritage, and has contributed such figures as Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Anton Chekhov, Anna Pavlova, and Igor Stravinsky.
WATCH: Coke Ad Gets an Unforgettable Makeover as Protest for Sponsoring Olympics

WATCH: Activists Brilliantly Remix Coke Ad to Protest Olympics

Queer Nation has released a video putting a new spin on a classic Coke ad, while some LGBT advocates are using a McDonald's Twitter hashtag to protest Russia's antigay laws.

Elton John Wants to Introduce Putin to LGBT Russians 'Who Deserve to Be Heard'

Elton John Wants to Introduce Putin to LGBT Russians

The out music legend condemned Russia’s homophobic laws while supporting the country’s LGBT community in a new statement.

Russian Prime Minister: 'No Problem at All' With Gay Propaganda Ban

Russian PM: 'No Problem at All' With Gay Propaganda Ban

Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev told CNN's Christiane Amanpour that he has no knowledge of the 'gay propaganda' ban being enforced and that he hasn't heard any complaints from LGBT Russians.

What Is the Media's Role in Pushing for LGBT Rights in Russia?

What's the Media's Role in Pushing for Rights in Russia?

A panel of journalists and entertainers tackled the question Thursday, along with other issues regarding LGBT people and the media.

Op-ed: From the Parade to the Front Lines

Stoli Announces Major Donation to LGBT Group

The president of SPI North America, known for its Stoli brand of vodka, reacts to Russia’s antigay laws with a program aimed at developing LGBT leaders worldwide.

WATCH: Russian Activist Detained for Unfurling Rainbow Flag

WATCH: Russian Activist Detained for Unfurling Rainbow Flag

Pavel Lebedev was tackled to the ground and detained by police Saturday after he waved a rainbow flag during the Olympic torch's procession through the Russian town of Voronezh.

WATCH: Glenn Beck: Antigay Folks Not My Friends (Or Are They?)

WATCH: Glenn Beck: Antigay Folks Not My Friends (Or Are They?)

In a wide-ranging radio segment touching on figures as diverse as Andrew Cuomo and Vladimir Putin, Beck claims he has no use for homophobes — yet he's certainly worked with some.

Antigay Russian Neo-Nazi Arrested in Cuba

Antigay Russian Neo-Nazi Arrested in Cuba

Homophobic, violent neo-Nazi Maxim Martsinkevich was arrested in Cuba over the weekend and will be extradited to Russia to face charges of extremism.

WATCH: Vice Is 'Young and Gay in Putin's Russia'

WATCH: Vice Is 'Young and Gay in Putin's Russia'

Vice published its full video report on the homophobic environment in Russia, going inside the nation's underground LGBT communities and confronting members of the Orthodox Church.

Vladimir Putin Has Gay Friends?

Vladimir Putin Has Gay Friends?

The Russian president contends that he can't be homophobic because he has gay friends and would like to meet Elton John.

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